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Orange County Man Convicted of Bank Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy and Tax Evasion

Hot on the heels of the success of the movie The Big Short, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California issued a press […]

Canadians Take Advantage of U.S. Tax Scheme

Tip of the hat to Rochester Business Journal for their article this month highlighting one instance of Canadians coming across the border to enjoy the [illegal] […]

Tax Court Issues Opinion in Sumner Redstone v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2015-237

The United States Tax Court recently released its opinion in the Sumner Redstone case.  The case is notable not just because Redstone is a media magnate, […]

San Diego Area Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to ID Theft and Admits to Over 4000 False Returns

A Miramar return preparer pleaded guilty on December 2, 2015, in the San Diego Federal District Court.  As we head into the next filing season, we […]

Southern California Doctors Indicted Under Tax Charges in Alleged Kickback Scheme

The Los Angeles United States Attorney’s Office is prosecuting related cases involving doctors and an alleged kickback scheme.  The principal charges involve mail fraud, money laundering, […]

Tax Court Rejects Frivolous Filing Penalty for Taxpayer Invoking the Fifth Amendment in Tax Return

On November 6, 2015, the United States Tax Court issued its opinion in Youssefzadeh v. Commisioner, Docket No. 14868-14L, in which it held that the taxpayer […]

The Limits of Waivers of Attorney Conflicts of Interest In Federal Criminal Cases

  The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution provides that “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the Assistance […]

When Can I take Casualty Theft Losses On My Tax Return?

When Can I take Casualty Theft Losses On My Tax Return? Per 26 U.S.C. § 165(c) casualty loss deductions can be taken for theft.  Per IRS […]
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Does the IRS Have Discretion to Apply Lower FBAR Penalties?

Does the IRS Have Discretion to Apply Lower FBAR Penalties? On May 13, 2015, the IRS issued a memorandum to all IRS LB&I, SB/SE, and TE/GE […]
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What Actions Extend the Length of the IRS’s Time to Collect?

What Actions Extend the Length of the IRS’s Time to Collect? Under the general rule, the IRS must collect taxes within 10 years of the date […]

When Are Legal Fees Deductible as Employee Business Expenses?

When Are Legal Fees Deductible as Employee Business Expenses? In Guill v. Commissioner, 112 T.C. 325 (1999), the United States Tax Court succinctly explained the deductibility […]
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What is the Value of a JD/MBA? An Attorney’s Take on Dual Law and Business Degrees.

What is the Value of a JD/MBA? An Attorney’s Take on Dual Law and Business Degrees. Before and after law school, many people consider attending business […]